Biological Name: Phytolacca esculenta, Phytolacca acinosa
Other Names: Phytolacca, poke root, Shang lu
Parts Used: Root
Antibiotic, emetic, diuretic, antitussive, expectorant.
It is used to treat lymphatic congestion, swollen lymph glands, edema, mastitis, abnormal congestion of all glands of the body, and severe ascites of the abdomen. The fresh herb is very strong and irritating to the gastrointestinal tract. Externally, it can be applied as a poultice to inflamed sores and infections. Resolves lumps and tumors, is anticarcinogenic.
Dosage: 3-9 grams
Phytolacca should be reserved for those with severe excess conditions and should not be used by pregnant women.